Medlin wins multiple Player of the Week honors

Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin, 13, drives to the basket against Idaho's Stephen Madison, 34, during the Aggies' game against the Vandals on Jan. 5, 2013. Medlin finished with a game-high 22 points, and hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to tie the game at 69 and send it to overtime. 

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Utah State men’s basketball player Preston Medlin has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week and America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance last week in leading USU to three wins.

Medlin, a junior guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS), helped Utah State post a 3-0 WAC record last week with a road win at Texas State (81-57), and home wins against Seattle (75-66) and Idaho (82-75 OT). Against the Bobcats, Medlin scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist. Against the Redhawks, he had 18 points to go along with five assists and a season-high tying three steals.

Against the Vandals, he scored 22 points and hit the tying three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where he scored nine of USU’s 13 points. Medlin, who scored all but three of his points following intermission, added seven rebounds, two steals and one assist against Idaho. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), 41.7 percent from three-point range (10-of-24) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-of-23).

This is Medlin’s first WAC Player of the Week honor this season and second of his career, also collecting the accolade on Jan. 30, 2012. Medlin has earned the USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season, also earning the honor on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. It is Medlin’s seventh career USU honor, earning the award four times last season.

The WAC Player of the Week is selected by the conference office, while the USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor is voted on by a state media panel.

College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in its weekly feature. College Sports Madness has additional men’s basketball coverage updated each week including our Top 25 ranking and tournament bracket projections.

With the win over Idaho, Utah State improved to 13-1 on the season and remains in first-place in the WAC with a 4-0 league mark. Overall, USU has now won 12-straight games to rank tied for the seventh-longest winning streak in school history, including being tied for the sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill.

After four games in a span of a week last week, Utah State only has one game this week, wrapping up a three-game homestand by hosting San Jose State (8-6, 3-1) on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on KMYU.

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